Friday, August 22, 2014

Cased and Cut - Bird on Branch



PREPARING TO MEET THE NEW DOG.....

"Cats are the ultimate narcissists.  You can tell this by all the time they spend on personal grooming.  Dogs aren't like this.  A dog's idea of personal grooming is to roll in a dead fish."
                                                                         ------------James Gorman





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Hi, Friends.......

Little Peach and her Mommy were gone all day, so Grandma got the Big Shot out and had fun, fun, fun!!  :)

I am very excited about this post because I am participating in two really big events.


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You can find out all the fabulous details about these two challenges at these websites:  


And did I mention that each of these has a hop along with it that promises to have some a-m-a-z-i-n-g prizes?!!! You do NOT want to miss those!

Paulina at Pretty Pink Posh is hostessing the super-fun Cutting Edge Blog Hop.  Anyone can link up as long as they follow her easy rules, which include using at least one die-cut on your project....which I did!!  More about my die-cut later....  

Now let me talk about the Case Study Challenge.  I had fun hopping through the list and wasn't sure I was up to the challenge of actually CASE-ing one of the cards.  I mean, you know, these crafters are pros....and I mean PROS!!!...and I'm just a Grandma who lives in her cave.  Now to CASE, as I understand the literal meaning, is to Copy And Steal Everything, right?  But at the challenge site, they are just saying to draw inspiration from one of the hop cards.  So I thought maybe even I could give that a try.

Here's the card from Barbara Anders' blog that I absolutely adore!  Isn't it just the cutest???!!!!  

I took inspiration from that lovely tree silhouette with the bat in it.  (Love bats!!!)  I also loved the patterned background and the sketch.  (I don't really know if she used a sketch, but I copied her plan!)



 Here's the card I made:



My pink background paper is from Glitz - Love You Madly.   I wanted it to be patterned, sort of like Barbara's, so I pulled out my brand-new Unity Itty Bitty- Feather Flight  that I just got yesterday as a GIU prize (No hoarding this one!  THANKS, Unity!!) and immediately did stamp surgery to separate the three feathers.  I used the "feathery-est" one and stamped the background repeatedly with Memento London Fog ink, stamping twice before reinking to get both lighter and darker images.  Love how it turned out!!

I had never used my Tim Holtz Alterations - Bird Branch die before, so this was really exciting!  :)  I cut two pieces, one in black and one in silver, and layered them so the silver one just barely peeks out.  You can see it better in this angled shot:


Other supplies I used include:  DCWV - Twinkle Glints, Core'dinations cardstock, greeting stamp from my stash, Staz-On Black ink.

Hope you like my card!!   I had so much fun making it for these very special challenges.  Thanks so much for dropping by!

Eeeeeek.....I almost forgot!  I have a New Follower.....#44!!!  A big welcome to  Melissa Vandridge of Vandicrafts!!!  I only recently found her Artistry Challenges and I plan to participate often.  Melissa also has all sorts of interesting things on her blog, such as life hacks (what??? oh, yes, helpful hints!), recipes, and her own artistic creations!!  You really need to go take a look!!  Thank you so much, Melissa for becoming a follower.  Here is a ginormous new-follower smile just for you!!!
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Thank you, everyone, for stopping by.  Have a lovely day!!!
<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pretty Pink Posh - Cutting Edge Hop
2. Case Study Challenge - 4th Anniversary - Week 3
3. DL.ART August Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
4. Craft for the Craic- August Challenge #7 - Use craft item you have never used before (NBUS...ha!)
(I used my new Unity stamp and also my TH die.)
5. Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #146 - Anything Goes
 

EDITED TO ADD (I posted this too late to add last week.)
6.  Unity Friends with Flair #29 

56 comments:

  1. Great case of Barbara's card. I'm helping you along to 50 followers!

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    1. Thank you so much!!! I appreciate your comment and also you becoming a follower!! Yay!! Be sure to watch for my next post where I will give you a new-follower ginormous smile!!

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      Janis

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    1. Thanks, Lucinde! Maybe I should have let that silver peek out a little bit more. My daughter looked at it and thought it was white core from the cardstock. She didn't realize it was actually layered until she saw the next photo. Oh, well.... :)

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      Janis

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  3. Love the feather background and the bird on a branch die.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sue! I am so pleased with the feather background, so your comment made my day! Thanks, also, for becoming a new follower!!! Watch for the next post where I will give you your ginormous smile!

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      Janis

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  4. Love Blog Hops as I am introduced to so many "new-to-me" bloggers. What a great wealth of talent! I love to gain inspiration, ideas and techniques. Great cards and I love Clean and Simple! I have been eyeing the Tim Holtz die but didn't quite know what I'd do with it. Now I do. Thanks so much!

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment!! I love hops for the same reasons as you mentioned!!!

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      Janis

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  5. Love the idea of the silver and black layered die cuts! TFS!

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    1. Thanks, obee!!! I appreciate so much you taking the time to stop by and comment on my project. I love how the little glint of silver under the black die cut looks.

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      Janis

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  6. there is something about that sentiment and image I find really 'creepy', this to me would make a great halloween card

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    1. My card would make a good Halloween card? Or Barbara's that I cased? I thought mine looked cheery and bright. But maybe the black silhouette set that mood for you with the bird saying "hello". :o

      I actually meant for it to look like a bird singing at dawn with a friendly greeting. But we all bring our own interpretation to the art we see. That's what makes it so personal. Thanks so much for your visit and comment!!!

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      Janis

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  7. Oh man, once I stopped laughing at that cat GIF, preparing to meet the new dog, and the comparison between dog and cat grooming, I finally got to your fabulous card! Well, I do love all things Tim Holtz and that branch and bird are just perfect for this CASED card! The silver underlay with the black give such great dimension! And that feathery background is just the right amount of subtle pattern. Glad to meet another stamper who isn't afraid to cut a stamp apart to meet her needs!

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    1. (giggles) I thought you might like my GIF! :) Thanks so much for your sweet comment. I know what you mean about TH products.....amazing! I don't own very many, besides Distress Ink things, but love what I have. When I saw this bird die on clearance at JoAnns, it only took me a moment to snag it! Thanks for all your encouragement!!!

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      Janis

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    2. Wow, you got that TH die on clearance? Why doesn't my JoAnn's have deals like that??! And I just realized that I also have that Feather Flight Itty Bitty and will definitely have to remember to use it as a background sometime. The crazy thing is that I have several feather stamps but never pair them up with a bird image...so thanks for that creative push!!

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    3. Since I live 2 hrs away from JoAnn's, I don't get there very often.....probably a good thing!!! Eeek! But between the one I usually go to and one in Kennewick, Washington that I visit when we are over there, I manage to get some pretty good deals! "Go broke saving money", that's my motto....oh, yah!! Ha.

      I realized I didn't have ANY feather stamps, so that's why I got this for one of my GIU prizes. I sometimes use real feathers on my cards, too, but haven't even done that for quite awhile. Maybe I should do that this autumn.

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      Janis

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  8. Love the layering of the dies, thanks for the closeup!

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    1. Thank you, Sheryl. I appreciate your feedback on the closeup. I almost always include an angled or closeup shot on my posts, as it helps *me* see what *I* made......not to mention anyone else! Ha! I appreciate your visit!!

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      Janis

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  9. This is a wonderful. Your wonderful art is like a gift. Thank you for posting with us at Word Art Wednesday. Happy hugs and sweet smiles from Carole,
    God Bless you and your family!

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    1. Carole, welcome to my blog!! Thank you so much for your lovely and gracious comment AND thanks so much for becoming a follower!!! Be sure to be watching for my next post for your ginormous new-follower smile. I am so delighted to have been introduced to Word Art Wednesday by my friend, Karen.

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      Janis

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  10. Lovely card. Love crows and how you put the silver in behind the black. Just love the feather background. Lovely ideas. I just joined you're blog and email list and twitter. Will be nice to see you're ideas.

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    1. Thank you, Linda, for your wonderful comment! You made my day by loving my feather background. Hehehehe....I am so pleased with it!! Thanks so much for your support by becoming a follower in several capacities!!! Be sure to be on the lookout for your ginormous new-follower smile I will have in my next post.

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      Janis

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  11. Okay the wish list just got longer, that TH bird die is lovely Love the colors you used here your work is always nice...........Lis

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    1. I am very honored when DT members from a blog I didn't even enter this card in come to visit and leave a comment!! Thank you for your kind and encouraging words! I appreciate your visit.

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      Janis

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  12. Oh boy, I am your 48th follower. Hope you will follow me too!
    kReN@
    Http://afourthlife.blogspot.com

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    1. Ditto on what I just said to Lis on the honor of your visit, Kren!

      Thanks so much for becoming a follower!!! Google Friend Connect apparently has eaten one of my followers. It tells me you are #49, but only shows 48 pictures. I am going with 49. :) Maybe the phantom one (whom I will call Jonah) will show up eventually. Ha! Be sure to watch for your ginormous new-follower smile!!!

      I am delighted to be a new follower of yours, too. (Actually, I thought I already was...but GFC says no, and we know it is always right!!)

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      Janis

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  13. Great interpretation of the inspiration piece! Thanks for playing along with CASE Study!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jill. I appreciate your nice comment. Please stop in again!!

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      Janis

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  14. Wow such a great piece of art love your card. Thanks for joining us over at case study.

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    1. What a lovely thing to say, Anja!! You made my day!!!

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  15. Great silhouette you created with this die...love the background too.

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    1. Thank you, Mary-Anne!! I really appreciate your visit and your sweet comment!!!

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      Janis

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  16. Pretty card! I love the muted colors and the branch die worked really well with your design.

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    1. Thanks so much, Malini!!! I was trying to go for a rosy sunrise with the pink. Glad you like it.

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      Janis

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  17. Hi Janis. Thank you so much for that little "plug"!! :) Haven't had nearly as much time as I would like to read blogs lately but found some today yay! I love your creations! This card is very pretty I love bird silhouettes, there is something mysterious about them.

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    1. Melissa,
      My apologies for not replying to your sweet comment sooner!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

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      Janis

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  18. That kitty cracked me up! Love your bird card - it's like bringing a little of the outdoors inside.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jeanne. What a refreshing idea! Similarly, I had thought of it as looking out a window at dawn.

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      Janis

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  19. Cute, spooky card! But I really love the cat filing it's nails. Hilarious!! I'm off to add to your list of followers....good luck!

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    1. Thanks so much, Terri!! I can just see a couple of my big male outside cats in that GIF. lol... Thanks so much for your comment AND for becoming a follower!! Be sure to be watching for your ginormous new-follower smile!

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      Janis

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  20. Great card! That kitty's pretty eye-catching, though... :)

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    1. Thank you, Miwa! I liked the cat, too!

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      Janis

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  21. Lovely card love the colours :)

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    1. Thank you, Mandi!! I loved the silver, black, and pink combo, too. It's one I don't use very often, but I should!!

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      Janis

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  22. I really love your feathered background.

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    1. Oh, thank you for loving my feathered background. I am way too pleased with how that looks!! Ha.

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      Janis

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  23. Well looks like you are going to have a lot of people to say hello to on your next post. Congrats on passing 50 from number 56 LOL. Not long till 100...... Great card. Love the silhouette bird. I looked at the CASE challenge as well but haven't come any further than thought. Hugs

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    1. Thank you so much, Iona! You are so right abt having lots of people to introduce!!! But what a fun thing to get to do! Thank you for becoming a follower! Be sure to be watching for the ginormous smile I have for you!

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      Janis

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  24. These are really great designs. :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Gaylynn. I really appreciate your nice comment.

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  25. Beautiful card :) love the shadow affect. Thank you for playing along with our August Challenge over at Craft for the Craic.
    Eithne

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting and for your kind words!!!

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Have a lovely day!
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Janis